DISCURSIVE ESSAY: ONLINE VERSUS FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING
In the last 5 years online courses are becoming a trend in the education space. Millions of people around the world are studying science, engineering and humanities subjects through the Internet. But is it the online learning suitable for everyone? The greatest benefit of this kind of learning is the convenience; free of the traditional classroom learning restrictions of time and space. It allows teacher and students to converge together from all over the world. It makes education accessible to everyone. Another great advantage is that almost any type of course can be found online, from general education to university degrees. While some people think that in online classes students will have difficulties to interact with teachers, the reality is that many online courses offer great access to faculty. Shy students will find easier to ask questions and to participate on the course discussions. On the other hand, the main disadvantaged of online courses is the lack of supervision. Students need to be self-disciplined and motivated, not being the best option for those learners with difficulties assuming responsibilities. It is important to highlight that students with poor Internet skills will find difficult to do well with online courses. Another disadvantaged is the limited face-to-face interaction. Many students can found online learning too impersonal. In conclusion, it is true that online learning can be suitable for a wide range of people, but it is not suitable for everyone. Before enrolling in online courses, it is better to check if your personal skills suits with this type of learning.
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